“This film is set in two periods — the present and a period that’s, say, about 1,000 years ago, probably around the time Cleopatra lived. Major portions of the film will be shot in Chennai, while the historical bit will be shot in a set erected in Mumbai,” begins Yuvan, who will be kickstarting shoot today in Velachery, Chennai.
So, how did he get Sunny on board? “I’d been writing this story for over three years and about six months ago, I met producers Sakthi and Sasikumar for a narration. They loved the story and we thought we should get a big name to play the lead character. It’s a powerful role, and I felt Sunny would be apt for it because she has that regal look, a certain charisma. Within a week, we fixed a meeting with her. She enjoyed the narration and immediately agreed to do the film. She is already doing a historical, but this one is a historical horror, something that we haven’t experimented with in Kollywood. She will appear in the period flashback portions, and plays a queen,” he informs.
Sunny will be learning Tamil to prep for her part and will shoot her portions from June in Mumbai. “We’ve also roped in Ramesh Thilak, Mottai Rajendran and Thangadurai to play important roles. The portion set in the present has a housing board area in Chennai as the backdrop. We’ve also got Javed Riaz, who composed music for Maanagaram, to work on the score for us,” he signs off.